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Safety in the Sun!

The summer is a wonderful season, full of sunshine, outdoor activities and lots of fun! Keep in mind some of these helpful tips when enjoying the summer weather with your furry friends:

 

When your pet’s body temperature rises to the point where organ damage takes place, they are experiencing what’s known as “heatstroke.”  To prevent heatstroke, avoid exercising or playing with your pet outdoors during the hottest part of the day.  If outdoors, make sure your pet has access to shade and plenty of water. Also, never leave your pet unattended in a car! Signs that indicate your pet may be experiencing heat stroke include: rapid panting, thick and sticky saliva and a rapid heartbeat.  Vomiting, diarrhea and/or collapsing may also take place, if the situation worsens.  Seek immediate medical attention, should this occur.

 

Don’t leave your pet unattended near a pool or body of water.  Smaller animals may have a difficult time getting out, by themselves.  If your pet does swim, make sure it’s done under supervision in an area that is safe (i.e. should they swim in a lake or ocean, ensure the conditions are safe for swimming).  After swimming in a pool, bathe your pet to remove any chlorine or bromine.  If your pet is prone to ear infections, use a good quality ear cleaner to dry out any water that may accumulate and allow bacterial infections to fester in their ears.

 

Outdoor pests can be a nuisance, as well as a danger!  Ensure your pet is on flea medication, and (especially for dogs), heartworm medication for the duration of the summer.  Other pests, such as bees, can cause allergic reactions if they bite or sing.  Allergic reactions may take the form of facial swelling, hives, vomiting and/or diarrhea.  For more serious cases, your pet may experience difficulty breathing. Seek medical attention immediately!

 

If you are using fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides to develop a stunning lawn, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and keep your pet off the grass until the area becomes safe.  Other insecticides, such as ant traps, should be kept out of reach of your pets, as serious illness and/or death can result from ingestion of such products.

 

BBQ-ing in the backyard or while camping is always a major component of summer festivities. However, while they are great fun for humans, they can be dangerous for your pets! Watch your pets closely, to ensure they don’t gain access to dangerous foods, such as bones or corncobs. Also, monitor what food they do receive, as generous well-meaning friends and family may not realize that certain tasty foods can be hazardous for your pet’s health.  If you notice vomiting and or diarrhea, ensure to seek medical attention from your veterinarian, as your pet may have ingested food that did not agree with their stomach.

 

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